1 Samuel 12:20
Parallel Verses
New International Version
"Do not be afraid," Samuel replied. "You have done all this evil; yet do not turn away from the LORD, but serve the LORD with all your heart.

New Living Translation
"Don't be afraid," Samuel reassured them. "You have certainly done wrong, but make sure now that you worship the LORD with all your heart, and don't turn your back on him.

English Standard Version
And Samuel said to the people, “Do not be afraid; you have done all this evil. Yet do not turn aside from following the LORD, but serve the LORD with all your heart.

New American Standard Bible
Samuel said to the people, "Do not fear. You have committed all this evil, yet do not turn aside from following the LORD, but serve the LORD with all your heart.

King James Bible
And Samuel said unto the people, Fear not: ye have done all this wickedness: yet turn not aside from following the LORD, but serve the LORD with all your heart;

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Samuel replied, "Don't be afraid. Even though you have committed all this evil, don't turn away from following the LORD. Instead, worship the LORD with all your heart.

International Standard Version
Samuel told all the people, "Don't be afraid. You have done all this evil. Yet don't turn aside from following the LORD, but serve the LORD with all your heart.

NET Bible
Then Samuel said to the people, "Don't be afraid. You have indeed sinned. However, don't turn aside from the LORD. Serve the LORD with all your heart.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
"Don't be afraid," Samuel told the people. "You did do all these evil things. But don't turn away from the LORD. Instead, serve the LORD wholeheartedly.

Jubilee Bible 2000
And Samuel said unto the people, Do not fear. Ye have done all this wickedness, yet do not turn aside from following the LORD, but serve the LORD with all your heart;

King James 2000 Bible
And Samuel said unto the people, Fear not: you have done all this wickedness: yet turn not aside from following the LORD, but serve the LORD with all your heart;

American King James Version
And Samuel said to the people, Fear not: you have done all this wickedness: yet turn not aside from following the LORD, but serve the LORD with all your heart;

American Standard Version
And Samuel said unto the people, Fear not; ye have indeed done all this evil; yet turn not aside from following Jehovah, but serve Jehovah with all your heart:

Douay-Rheims Bible
And Samuel said to the people: Fear not, you have done all this evil: but yet depart not from following the Lord, but serve the Lord with all your heart.

Darby Bible Translation
And Samuel said to the people, Fear not: *ye* have done all this wickedness; yet turn not aside from following Jehovah, and serve Jehovah with all your heart;

English Revised Version
And Samuel said unto the people, Fear not: ye have indeed done all this evil: yet turn not aside from following the LORD, but serve the LORD with all your heart;

Webster's Bible Translation
And Samuel said to the people, Fear not: ye have done all this wickedness: yet turn not aside from following the LORD, but serve the LORD with all your heart;

World English Bible
Samuel said to the people, "Don't be afraid. You have indeed done all this evil; yet don't turn aside from following Yahweh, but serve Yahweh with all your heart.

Young's Literal Translation
And Samuel saith unto the people, 'Fear not; ye have done all this evil; only, turn not aside from after Jehovah -- and ye have served Jehovah with all your heart,
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

12:16-25 At Samuel's word, God sent thunder and rain, at a season of the year when, in that country, the like was not seen. This was to convince them they had done wickedly in asking a king; not only by its coming at an unusual time, in wheat harvest, and on a clear day, but by the prophet's giving notice of it before. He showed their folly in desiring a king to save them, rather than God, or Samuel; promising themselves more from an arm of flesh, than from the arm of God, or from the power of prayer. Could their prince command such forces as the prophet could do by his prayers? It startled them very much. Some will not be brought to see their sins by any gentler methods than storms and thunders. They entreat Samuel to pray for them. Now they see their need of him whom shortly before they slighted. Thus many who will not have Christ to reign over them, would yet be glad to have him intercede for them, to turn away the wrath of God. Samuel aims to confirm the people in their religion. Whatever we make a god of, we shall find it deceive us. Creatures in their own places are good; but when put in God's place, they are vain things. We sin if we restrain prayer, and in particular if we cease praying for the church. They only asked him to pray for them; but he promises to do more, to teach them. He urges that they were bound in gratitude to serve God, considering what great things he had done for them; and that they were bound in interest to serve him, considering what he would do against them, if they should still do wickedly. Thus, as a faithful watchman, he gave them warning, and so delivered his own soul. If we consider what great things the Lord hath done for us, especially in the great work of redemption, we can neither want motive, encouragement, nor assistance in serving him.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 20. - Ye have done all this wickedness. The ye is emphatic, and to give its force we should translate, "Ye have indeed done all this evil." From following Jehovah. See on ver. 15.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

And Samuel said unto the people, fear not,.... Being destroyed by the tempest:

ye have done all this wickedness; in asking a king; that is, though they were guilty of so heinous a sin, yet there were grace and mercy with God, and they should not despair of it, so be it that they did not depart from him, but cordially served him; the Targum is,"ye have been the cause of all this evil;''the storm of thunder and rain; and though they had, he would not have them despond or indulge slavish fear:

yet turn not aside from following the Lord; the worship of the Lord, as the Targum; provided they did not depart from the Lord, and forsake his worship, word, and ordinances, they need not fear utter ruin and destruction, though they had been guilty of this sin:

but serve the Lord with all your heart; if their service of God was kept up, and was hearty and sincere, they might still expect things would go well with them.



1 Samuel 12:20 Additional Commentaries
Context
Samuel's Farewell Address
19Then all the people said to Samuel, "Pray for your servants to the LORD your God, so that we may not die, for we have added to all our sins this evil by asking for ourselves a king." 20Samuel said to the people, "Do not fear. You have committed all this evil, yet do not turn aside from following the LORD, but serve the LORD with all your heart. 21"You must not turn aside, for then you would go after futile things which can not profit or deliver, because they are futile.…
Cross References
Exodus 23:25
Worship the LORD your God, and his blessing will be on your food and water. I will take away sickness from among you,

Exodus 32:30
The next day Moses said to the people, "You have committed a great sin. But now I will go up to the LORD; perhaps I can make atonement for your sin."

Deuteronomy 11:16
Be careful, or you will be enticed to turn away and worship other gods and bow down to them.

1 Samuel 12:19
The people all said to Samuel, "Pray to the LORD your God for your servants so that we will not die, for we have added to all our other sins the evil of asking for a king."
Treasury of Scripture

And Samuel said to the people, Fear not: you have done all this wickedness: yet turn not aside from following the LORD, but serve the LORD with all your heart;

Fear not

Exodus 20:19,20 And they said to Moses, Speak you with us, and we will hear: but …

1 Peter 3:16 Having a good conscience; that, whereas they speak evil of you, as …

turn not

Deuteronomy 11:16 Take heed to yourselves, that your heart be not deceived, and you …

Deuteronomy 31:29 For I know that after my death you will utterly corrupt yourselves, …

Joshua 23:6 Be you therefore very courageous to keep and to do all that is written …

Psalm 40:4 Blessed is that man that makes the LORD his trust, and respects not …

Psalm 101:3 I will set no wicked thing before my eyes: I hate the work of them …

Psalm 125:5 As for such as turn aside to their crooked ways, the LORD shall lead …

Jeremiah 3:1 They say, If a man put away his wife, and she go from him, and become …

Jump to Previous
Afraid Committed Evil Heart Indeed Samuel Servants Serve Served Turn Turned Wickedness
Jump to Next
Afraid Committed Evil Heart Indeed Samuel Servants Serve Served Turn Turned Wickedness
Links
1 Samuel 12:20 NIV
1 Samuel 12:20 NLT
1 Samuel 12:20 ESV
1 Samuel 12:20 NASB
1 Samuel 12:20 KJV

1 Samuel 12:20 Bible Apps
1 Samuel 12:20 Bible Suite
1 Samuel 12:20 Biblia Paralela
1 Samuel 12:20 Chinese Bible
1 Samuel 12:20 French Bible
1 Samuel 12:20 German Bible

Alphabetical: afraid all aside away be but committed Do done evil fear following from have heart LORD not people replied said Samuel serve the this to turn with yet You your

OT History: 1 Samuel 12:20 Samuel said to the people Don't be (1Sa iSam 1 Sam i sa) Christian Bible Study Resources, Dictionary, Concordance and Search Tools

Bible Hub
1 Samuel 12:19
Top of Page
Top of Page